Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS62 KCHS 310531
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
131 AM EDT THU JUL 31 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
A COASTAL TROUGH WILL SETTLE OVER THE AREA THROUGH LATE THIS WEEK
AND WILL PERSIST INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.

&&

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THIS MORNING/...
OVERNIGHT...PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES EXPECTED TO LINGER. RADAR
INDICATES SOME VERY HEAVY RAINS HAVE BEEN FALLING BETWEEN BEAUFORT
AND SAVANNAH...ESPECIALLY WEST OF NORTH OF BLUFFTON. LOW LEVEL
CONVERGENCE AND HIGHER SURFACE MIXING RATIOS PEGGED BY MESOANALYSIS
IN THIS REGION AND SHOWERS COULD DEVELOP ALONG A MYRIAD OF BOUNDARIES
OVERNIGHT JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE. OVERALL COVERAGE ONLY IN THE SLIGHT RANGE
GIVEN OVERALL COVERAGE POTENTIAL AND LATEST HIGH RESOLUTION
MODELS. NO OTHER CHANGES TO THE FORECAST EARLY THIS MORNING.

&&

.SHORT TERM /6 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY/...
SHORTWAVE ENERGY DROPPING INTO THE LONGWAVE UPPER TROUGH ON THURSDAY
WILL CAUSE IT TO DIG TOWARD THE CENTRAL GULF COAST. AS A RESULT MID
AND UPPER LEVEL WINDS WILL BACK TO SOUTHWESTERLY...ELIMINATING THE
CAP AND INCREASING PWATS. EXTENSIVE CLOUDINESS AND THE LACK OF
LOW-LEVEL RIDGING WILL KEEP HIGH TEMPS FROM CLIMBING MUCH HIGHER
THAN 90 DEGREES IN MOST LOCATIONS. THIS IN TURN WILL LIMIT
INSTABILITY PARAMETERS WITH MIXED LAYER CAPE AROUND 1000 J/KG IN THE
AFTERNOON. THE COASTAL TROUGH WILL BEGIN SHIFTING TOWARD THE COAST
DURING THE DAY...AND A SEA BREEZE WILL SETUP BY AFTERNOON.
CONVERGENCE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE TWO FEATURES SHOULD HELP TRIGGER
ISOLATED SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY WE EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN SHOWER AND
TSTM COVERAGE. THE UPPER TROUGH WILL DEEPEN AND A SERIES OF
SHORTWAVES WILL MOVE INTO CENTRAL SC. PWATS INCREASE ABOVE 2 INCHES
WHILE THE SURFACE TROUGH STRENGTHENS AND MOVES INLAND. ADDITIONALLY
A 90 KT JET STREAK DEVELOPING ACROSS NEW ENGLAND WILL BE LOCATED
SUCH THAT SOME UPPER LEVEL DIVERGENCE WILL OVERSPREAD THE SOUTHEAST
UNITED STATES. WE ARE SHOWING HIGH END CHANCE POPS FRIDAY THROUGH
SATURDAY THOUGH AT SOME POINT LIKELY POPS MAY BE JUSTIFIED FOR
SATURDAY. HEAVY RAINFALL WITH SOME LOCALIZED FLOODING WILL BE THE
MAIN HAZARD DUE TO SUCH A MOIST AIRMASS COMBINED WITH AMPLE FORCING
AND STEERING FLOW AROUND 10 KT. HIGHS WILL BE IN THE UPPER 80S.

&&

.LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
THE UNSETTLED PATTERN WILL CONTINUE FOR THE LATTER HALF OF THE
WEEKEND AND AT LEAST INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. THE TROUGH WILL REMAIN IN
THE VICINITY OF THE FORECAST AREA WITH A TROUGH ALOFT AND PWATS IN
EXCESS OF 2 INCHES. ALL THESE FACTORS ADD UP TO AN ACTIVE PERIOD
WITH RELATIVELY HIGH RAIN CHANCES. GIVEN THE TIME RANGE POPS HAVE
BEEN KEPT IN THE HIGH CHANCE RANGE...BUT IF THE MODELS CONTINUE
THEIR CURRENT TRENDS IT IS LIKELY THAT HIGHER POPS WILL EVENTUALLY
BE WARRANTED. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL REMAIN A CONCERN THROUGH
EARLY NEXT WEEK WITH ROUNDS OF CONVECTION ANTICIPATED. TEMPERATURES
WILL BE BELOW NORMAL...RUNNING ABOUT 3-5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR
HIGHS INTO THE MID WEEK TIME PERIOD.

&&

.AVIATION /05Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
SLIGHTLY DEEPER MOISTURE AND PLENTY OF LOW LEVEL BOUNDARIES AROUND
TODAY SUGGEST A RISK OF SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED TSTMS ALONG THE
COASTAL CORRIDOR. 00Z MODELS SUGGEST CONVECTION SHOULD BE
IN RIBBONS OF CONVERGENCE ALONG BOUNDARIES AND VERY DIFFICULT TO
TIME OR GET A HANDLE ON COVERAGE EXPECTATIONS. AT BOTH KSAV AND
KCHS WILL HIGHLIGHT VCSH TODAY WITH SCT TO BKN CUMULUS AND
STRATOCU ALONG WITH AN ONSHORE NEAR 10 KT THIS AFTERNOON. FOR
THE MOST PART...CONDITIONS WILL BE VFR WITH ANY MVFR CIGS
VERY BRIEF UNDER SHOWERS.

EXTENDED AVIATION...A SURFACE TROUGH WILL DRIFT INTO THE AREA LATE
THIS WEEK AND THROUGH THE WEEKEND. AN ACTIVE PERIOD IS EXPECTED
AND OCCASIONAL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE POSSIBLE DURING THIS TIME.

&&

.MARINE...
TONIGHT: A CYCLONIC PRESSURE GRADIENT SOMEWHAT ENHANCED BETWEEN
HIGH PRESSURE TO THE NORTH AND LOW PRESSURE TO THE SOUTH WILL
SUPPORT EAST WINDS 10-15 KT WITH A FEW GUSTS AS HIGH AS 20 KT
TONIGHT. SEAS OF 2-3 FT WILL PREVAIL...ALTHOUGH SEAS COULD BUILD
TO AS HIGH AS 3-4 FT BEYOND 20 NM LATE.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...A COASTAL TROUGH WILL DRIFT OVER THE
WATERS AND EVENTUALLY INLAND BY EARLY NEXT WEEK. E TO SE WINDS WILL
PREVAIL THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY...SWINGING AROUND TO SOUTHERLY ON
SATURDAY ONCE THE TROUGH SHIFTS INLAND. THE GRADIENT MAY TIGHTEN AT
TIMES THOUGH WINDS/SEAS WILL REMAIN BELOW ADVISORY THRESHOLDS.

&&

.CHS WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
GA...NONE.
SC...NONE.
MARINE...NONE.

&&

$$

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AVIATION...
MARINE...






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